OAK PARK HEIGHTS — A six-run fifth inning helped the Lake Elmo VFW baseball team pull away for a 12-2 victory over Roseville in the opening round of the Fourth District Tournament on Tuesday, July 22 at Stillwater Area High School.
Post #5725 scored in each inning while racking up 10 hits and taking advantage of five Roseville errors. Four of those fielding miscues occurred in the fifth, which also included two hits and three walks.
Justin Boerner drove in Stephen Wagner for a run in the sixth to invoke the 10-run rule.
Lake Elmo (25-5) opened the scoring with an RBI single by Andrew Warren in the first inning and Wagner singled home Connor Jahnke to tie the game at 2-all in the second.
Joey Costa, Boerner and Andrew Burt each singled in the third to give Post #5725 a 3-2 advantage. Nick Ackerson followed with a two-run single to provide a 5-2 lead in the fourth.
Costa threw three scoreless innings in relief of Jahnke to notch the victory. Jahnke left the game after getting hit in the shin by a foul ball.
Roseville0 2 0 0 0 0—285
Lake Elmo1 1 1 2 6 1—12101
Lake Elmo 7, West St. Paul 3
At West St. Paul, Post #5725 wrapped up the Fourth District League championship with a 7-3 victory over West St. Paul on Saturday, July 19.
Joey Costa allowed three runs on six hits in the complete game, finishing with nine strikeouts.
Lake Elmo (15-2 FDL, 24-5) scored two runs in the first on an RBI double by Costa and a fielder’s choice by Nick Ackerson.
West St. Paul answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, but Costa launched his fifth home run of the season with Andrew Warren on base to provide a 4-2 advantage for Lake Elmo.
Post #5725 extended its lead on a two-run single by Justin Boerner in the fifth and Warren plated Lake Elmo’s final run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Lake Elmo2 0 2 0 2 1 0—792
West St. Paul2 0 0 0 0 1 0—362
Lake Elmo 13, Rice Street 3
At Oak Park Heights, Lake Elmo totaled just five hits, but scored runs in bunches to upend Rice Street 13-3 in five innings on Friday, July 18. Walks and errors proved costly for the visitors.
Post #5725 needed just two hits to push six runs across in the third inning and the team’s other three hits occurred during its seven-run fourth inning, including an RBI double by Justin Devins. Boerner added a two-run single to plate Lake Elmo’s final two runs of the game.
Adam Bruggers allowed three runs in five innings to notch the win, allowing six hits and one walk with six strikeouts.
Rice Street0 0 0 3 0—365
Lake Elmo 0 0 6 7 x — 13 5 2